Contact Information


(530) 757-5651
(530) 758-0204 FAX
(530) 757-5666 TDD

Office Address

23 Russell Blvd Suite 3
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Business License

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Renew your Business License Online

Required Information to Renew Online:

  • You will need to report your gross receipts for the prior year.
  • You will also need your business license and pin number obtained on your renewal form. If you do not have your renewal form, please contact the Finance Department.

Business licenses renewed online are done through a 3rd party that will charge a processing fee of 2.4% of the total due for each transaction up to $1,000. For more information, please view the PDF of the staff report.

Reminder: Annual business license renewals are due on January 1st and delinquent after January 31st. A 10% penalty will be added on February 1st and an additional 10% for each month thereafter.

Business License Renewal Instructions 

See below for PDF instructions on how to renew your business license online:

Apply for a Business License

Business Licenses may be obtained at the Finance Department Office at City Hall, 23 Russell Boulevard, or click on the links below to view or download business license application forms and helpful documents. In order to obtain a business license, you must view the categories below (group classifications) and must have your estimated gross receipts for a new business.

Business License forms must be submitted with payment to the Finance Office for processing.

Business License Documents

Business Groups

Business are categorized by the following:

    1. Group I — includes businesses such as: service stations, grocery stores, food manufacturing or processing, Food & Kindred Prod for wholesale only, public utilities, automobile and motorcycle dealers, etc. food marts in Gas Stations etc.
    2. Group II — includes businesses such as: retail sales, residential leasing (2 units or more), commercial leasing, all other wholesale, artists, ambulance services, commercial printing, finance, nursing homes, newspaper publications, restaurants, vending machines, trade schools, hotels, motels, apartments, trailer or mobile home parks, all other manufacturing, transporting persons, import/export, wholesale trade, taxi, bike cabs, Food Manufacturing or Processing for resale goes under retail sales,etc.
    3. Group III — includes such businesses as: business and personal services; contractors; real estate agents, conducting concerts, lectures, tennis, other entertainment events; handypersons; handbill distribution, property management, equipment leasing, travel agencies, secretarial services, commercial and portrait photography, education/instruction, property developers, auto service and repair, research & development, laboratory services, insurance agency (non-broker) , computer tech etc.
    4. Group IV — includes professionals such as; attorneys, doctors, CPA's, consultants, therapists, massage therapists, graphic design, real estate broker, interior design, web design, computer consultants and any other professional business requiring qualifying certification or licensing, etc.
    5. Miscellaneous Tax Group — includes such businesses as: transportation and trucking, dance halls, card rooms, circus, carnivals, concessions or rides for children, bankrupt closeout sales, Christmas tree and card sales, junk dealers, pawnbrokers, peddlers, solicitors, bazaars, craft fairs, etc.  *Special transportation tax for the delivery of soda, chips, gas etc: motor vehicle tax 120.00 per vehicle plus the 10.00 registration fee or they can use the gross receipts based on the load value in a Group II tax bracket.

All Business Licenses expire December 31. All Annual Business License Renewals are due January 1 and are delinquent after January 31st. A 10% penalty will be added on February 1st and an additional 10% for each month thereafter.

The current year gross receipts business license tax is based and computed on the prior calendar year's gross receipt sales. For businesses located outside Davis, only receipts generated in Davis will be used for this calculation.







$0 - $9999





$10,000 - $19,999





$20,000 - $29,999





$30,000 - $39,999





$40,000 - $49,999





$50,000 - $59,999





$60,000 - $69,999





$70,000 - $79,999





$80,000 - $89,999





$90,000 - $99,999





$100,000 - $109,999